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The religion clauses of the First Amendment, which seem simple and clear, have been and continue to be controversial in their application. Church-state issues have never been more complex, controversial, and divisive than they are today. In this helpful and instructive book, Ronald B. Flowers explains clearly and concisely the intricacies and implications of Supreme Court decisions in the volatile area of church-state relations. This is an ideal primer for those Americans who have listened to the debates about what the Supreme Court has and has not said about the relationship between church and state, and where the boundaries between the two have been eroded. It is also ideal for use in the classroom, specifically in undergraduate courses in religion and the court, introductions to U.S. constitutional law, constitutional law and politics, and the Supreme Court. The book is also a helpful tool for pastors, clarifying contemporary church-state issues that impact their churches and parishioners directly and indirectly.
The "religious clause" of the First Amendment, seemingly simple and clear, has been and continues to be controversial in its application. In this book, Flowers explains the Court's thinking, clarifying for readers the decisions that have been built on or that have altered previous positions.
|1||The court and its procedures||1|
|2||Background of constitutional principles||9|
|3||Defining the scope of religious freedom prior to 1963||21|
|4||The uncertain status of religious freedom : 1963-2004||31|
|5||From congregational fights to pacifism||51|
|6||Aid to church-related schools||69|
|7||Religion in public schools||99|
|8||Blue laws, bars, taxes, and plastic reindeer : the complexity of establishment clause issues||129|
|9||Flash points and the future||155|
|App. A||Memorial and remonstrance against religious assessments|
|App. B||An act for establishing religious freedom|